The chapter looks back through the lens of some key film historical studies and cultural analyses on legacies of a beneficial and of a detrimental kind. It identifies how successful new LGBTQ filmmakers build on a radical past, and it suggests that certain discriminatory habits of earlier, repressive times (pre-1980s) persist in certain popular gay films and in films with lesbian, trans and gay protagonists. Visibility is a key idea here, and the chapter ends with an account of two Basque films, one revealing aspects of male homosexuality in a rural context, the other addressing a late-flowering lesbian love in older age.
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